Environmental Monitoring Technician

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NIWA is a dynamic research organisation and New Zealand's largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science. Our core purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to provide an understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.


NIWA's Technology and Innovation portfolio has an exciting career opportunity  for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team in Rotorua.


What we're looking for:


The position will assist in providing data collection, archiving, and analysis for nationally significant databases of Hydrometric, Climate and Water Quality. In addition, you would be expected to contribute in the collection of other environmental data and field surveys for a range of projects from sea level to high altitude alpine monitoring disciplines. These may include various hydrometric projects for energy companies, irrigation companies, regional and city councils, and a wide range of projects for other NIWA groups that can take advantage of the teams' local skills and capabilities.


This position may encompass a range of expectations and responsibilities, relevant to the applicant's technical experience and expertise, with associated training development provided for the role. Occasional travel to Eastern and Central North Island regions for scheduled work when directed is a requirement. Knowledge of these regions will be an advantage.


What you will bring:


  • You will have a relevant tertiary qualification or experience in environmental monitoring (hydrology, water quality or meteorology)

  • demonstrated competency in technical, instrumentation or data processing and analytical skills

  • a love of the great outdoors and the capability to expand on and learn new technical skill sets. Confidence around water (rivers, lakes) and swimming ability is preferred.

  • A driver's license and excellent people-communication skills are essential.


If you are a self-starter with a strong customer service ethic, can demonstrate good data and technical skill, and are a team player who enjoys the dynamics of working within a team dedicated to enhancing environmental monitoring and information services, for a leading NZ science organisation, then this is the challenge for you!


We don't expect perfection in our candidates - if you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every point referenced in the position description, please still get in touch!


NIWA offers flexible working options (e.g., part-time, flexible start and finish times). We are happy to discuss potential flexible options for this position at the interview stage.


NIWA promotes the importance and value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, including the Rainbow Community, and pride ourselves on being a family-friendly and supportive workplace.


Providing a safe working environment for our people is paramount to us and that is why we have implemented a COVID-19 Vaccinated Workplace Policy, which requires all new employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated, where medically able, before joining our team.


Salary: $50,000 - $75,000

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